people meeting for a local history talk at gateshead east cemetery


AGM 2022

Our next AGM takes place on Wednesday 12th October 2022 at 1.30pm followed by a talk at 2.00pm. Details below. All are welcome to the AGM but only those who are current members may vote.

Talks programme 2022

Our new season of talks begins in October. All talks are held at 2.00pm in the Caedmon Hall at Gateshead Central Library on the second Wednesday of each month (there are no talks in January, June, July or August).

October 2022- May 2023

countess of derwentwater and henchman

Wednesday 12 October 2022 2.00pm  'The Curious case of the Countess of Derwentwater'’ by Susan Lynn

Just who was the mysterious lady who arrived at Blaydon station in 1868 laying claim to the ancient Derwentwater estates?

We follow her progress and adventures in this fascinating tale.


Wednesday 9 November 2022 2.00pm  'Holy Jesus Hospital; the back (yard) story’ by Lawrence Bryson

Hear all about religious institutions which were established in the C13th and disappeared from England in the C16th Dissolution, in particular the Friary on part of whose site the later almshouse was built.


Wednesday 14 December 2022 2.00pm ‘A Victorian Christmas' by Malcolm Grady

Join Dr Malcolm Grady as he explores what a Victorian Christmas really involved and how it evolved as the Christmas celebrations we know today. Expect  some Victorian party games!